CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Dr. Nan-Wei Gong is a researcher, engineer and serial entrepreneur. She was the founding team member of 3dim Tech Inc (acquired by Nest/Google 2014), a winner of the MIT 100K competition 2013. She started Circular2 in 2014, a consulting firm specialized in wearable computing, hardware system design, and manufacturing. She was assigned as the R&D Lead of Project Jacquard at Google ATAP (2014-2016), among other collaborations with fortune 500 companies. Nan-Wei holds a PhD and MS from the MIT Media Lab, and a MS and BS in Materials Science and Engineering from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.
Co-Founder & CTO
Dr. Tiegeng Ren is our CTO with 10+ years of firmware and software engineering experience. He is a veteran in product development life cycle and holds multiple patents in wireless communication systems. Prior to joining figur8, he was a Firmware Engineer and R&D Lead at Schneider Electric specialized in wireless sensor development. Tiegeng holds a PhD and MS in Computer Science from University of Rhode Island, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tsing Hua University in China.
Principal Software Engineer
Keith Desrosiers is our Principal Software Engineer with 10+ years of professional experience in designing, implementing and testing software. Prior to joining figur8, he served as an Embedded Software Engineer at Taco Comfort Solutions leading major projects related to HVAC monitoring and control software. From 2007-2011, Keith was a Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Schneider Electric where he worked on high availability data center infrastructure monitoring software projects. Keith holds a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Rhode Island.
Lead Project Manager
Jennifer Brine is our Lead Project Manager leading product development in sports medicine and digital health. She has extensive project management experience from Circular2, an engineering consulting firm, where she managed multiple R&D contracts from Google. She is trained as a Mechanical Designer and has extensive experiences in DFM engineering and complex heavy movable structure design from Alogus Innovation & Design and Hardesty & Hanover respectively. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Vermont.
Jing Wang is our front-end Software Developer at figur8. Prior to joining, he had experience in machine learning and data analytics. He is now an iOS developer and works closely with the UX/UI team. Jing holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Rhode Island, and a BS and MS in Signal and Information Processing from Northwestern Polytechnical University in China.
Lead Hardware Engineer
Marius Gailius is a serial entrepreneur with specialties in hardware development. He is the Founder of Ovao - a wearable optical heart rate monitor for swimmers, and DigiFrame - where he led product development of an ultra low-powered display that can run in one charge for one year. He is the winner of the 2016 European BEST engineering competition in the team design category among participants from 32 countries. Marius holds a MS in Biomedical Engineering and a BS in Electronics Engineering from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania.
Finance/Business Development Specialist
Melody Chao is our Finance/Business Development Specialist focused on business development in the sports medicine and digital health sectors. Prior to joining figur8, she was a New Venture Project Lead at Circular2 and a Business Analyst at Resolution Analytica leading key venture development and data analysis projects. She has financial and risk modeling experiences from Jentech Precision Industrial Co., a publicly traded tech firm in Taiwan, and consulting experiences from Apex Industries Co., a boutique trade and engineering consulting firm in Shanghai, China. She holds a BSBA in finance from Boston University.
Mian Wei is our Industrial Designer at figur8. He has extensive experience in industrial design, graphic design, and UI/UX design. Prior to joining, he worked with Woobo Inc. on branding and UI/UX designs for the robotics and artificial intelligence company. He also worked as a Hardware and UI/UX designer at Tencent, one of the largest Internet and gaming companies in the world. His works are published on major design magazines such as VICE and Designreport. Mian is expected to earn his BFA in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design in 2017.